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Poster: visa798 Date: Jan 5, 2004 11:18am
Forum: gutenberg Subject: Re: Audio-Books at Gutenberg

Has anyone tried to run the text through a text to speech reader that uses the AT&T Natural Voices engine (such as TextAloud MP3)?

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Poster: Robot Books Date: Aug 3, 2004 1:14am
Forum: gutenberg Subject: Re: Audio-Books at Gutenberg

I've been using the Festival Speech Synthesis System for a number of projects. I have to say, it sounds a whole lot better than the audio produced for Gutenberg, mentioned in previous posts on this thread.

Hopefully, today will be my first post on archive.org, and people can judge for themselves.
The posting is not a classic text, but falls more into the current events category. However, perhaps my next project will be to offer a couple of books to Project Gutenberg. I've already synthesized a couple of Mark Twain books, and War and Peace.

I've actually gotten to the point I kinda like the Robot voice. However, I recognize that many people are put off by it. I think people should give synthesized speech more consideration. Once you get used to it, a whole new word of mobile listening is available.